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Digital Photography for Hobbyists

Updated on January 26, 2011

Digital Photography - For Beginners?

Nowadays, with the plentiful access to both digital cameras and memory, the number of photos you can take is much higher. Also, a photograph can often be remedied on the personal computer, even if it was spoiled by too much lighting. You might think that means you can afford to make mistakes. While that has made photography more beginner friendly, it is still far from an easy hobby.

The History of Photography

Photography has been present for more than a hundred years and yet new innovations are taking place even this day. Looking at it, one has to surmise that photography will still develop in the future. It's never too late to get into photography and even now it is definitely too early to stop learning more about it.

Cameras have certainly come a long way since the early camera obscura. Today's popular digital point-and-shoot cameras fit easily in one hand and are fully automated. You even need none of the film rolls present in cameras from a couple of decades past, but can store hundreds - even thousands - of high quality photographs on a flash memory card less than a square inch in size.

What's New in Digital

Digital cameras have some very useful features that are present even in the budget models. In contrast, before the era of digital photography, some of these features were found in professional film cameras, some not ever there.

Probably the most useful feature is the ability to see what your photo looks like, right after taking the shot. Most handheld digital cameras have a small LCD screen for this purpose. This allows you to quickly spot your mistakes and take a new photo if the first one was not a great success.

The other useful features include timers that allow you to photograph yourself, macro modes for close-up shots and night-shot modes for easier exposure control. These features are these days present in almost all budget cameras. Most cameras also offer other helpful additions.

How to Get Better

Regardless of which one of these technologies you will have in your digital camera a few years from now, one thing is certain: your camera will still not take the pictures without your guidance. Choosing the target, the angle of view and cropping the photograph will still be left for you to take care of and excel in.

If you are into photography, you probably want to get better at it. That requires practice - a lot of it. However, it is often helpful to be taught the theory also. That's why online photography schools have become a popular method both for new photographers to get used to the art and for more experienced photographers to hone their skills and learn different techniques.

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